Ferry operators could be forced to cut services and close routes in northern Europe due to new air pollution rules being introduced in January 2015, transport ministers are being told ahead of an EU summit in Brussels tomorrow (2 December).
Major tourist destinations like the Maldives and Vanuatu are already facing impacts due to climate change similar in scale to exposed failed states like Haiti and Somalia - a major new climate change report will detail later this week.
Greater cooperation between private sector businesses and climate change policy makers is the only solution to global concerns over climate change the World Travel & Tourism Council has argued. The industry body believes governments continue to mistakenly disparage the industry over greenhouse gas emissions, while making little attempt to consult when drawing up climate change policies.
In the same week that he called for replacing co-pilots with air stewardesses, Ryanair boss Micheal O’Leary has sparked further controversy by denying the existence of man-made climate change. The controversial millionaire said the idea that man-made pollution is heating up the planet is “horse *#*!”.
Green Globe Certification, the leading certification program for sustainability in travel and tourism, announces a new partnership with Limousine Environmental Action Partners, LLC.
Travel and tourism is one of the largest industries in the world providing a strong impetus to global economic development.
This weeks’ Copenhagen summit will be vital to ensure that the Northwest does not suffer the impacts of dangerous climate change. Most of the focus has been on the impacts on countries around the world, but as the recent unprecedented flooding in Cumbria’s shows, the Northwest is vulnerable to a extreme weather events that may become more common as a result of future climate change.
More than two thirds of travel buyers still do not a have a green buying policy in place. Almost a fifth of the 1,400 respondents surveyed by the Business Travel & Meetings Show stated that being green is simply “not a priority”.
Bermuda hopes to get the plight of some of the world’s smallest islands to the top of world leaders’ agendas at the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit. The premier of the country Dr Ewart Brown is meeting with other small island nations ahead of his visit to the summit this Friday.
Aviation CO2 emissions should be capped and aviation growth cannot exceed 60% if the government is to hit its targets to limit aviation emissions. All departing and arriving flights in developed countries should be subject to the cap and rail needs to be promoted as an alternative to short-haul flights, according to a report from the Committee on Climate Change.
For many of us, the idea of a changing climate is just that, an idea, something vague, distant and unfortunately irrelevant. For Ursula Rakova, climate change is much more. It is the source of a disrupted life, a community displaced, a paradise lost.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General and CEO, Giovanni Bisignani, presented the aviation industry’s climate change strategy and targets to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a meeting at the United Nation’s headquarters in New York.